Nokia (NYSE:NOK) wants to make sure France knows it will continue to be a prominent contributor to the overall development of France's technology ecosystem after it completes its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU).
Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri met with French President François Hollande and Minister of Economy Emmanuel Macron last week to reiterate Nokia's involvement in the development of the technology and digital ecosystem in France. Also attending the meeting was Marc Rouanne, currently executive vice president, Mobile Broadband at Nokia Networks, who would serve as chief innovation & operating officer in the combined entity.
"I was honored to be able to reiterate Nokia's support for France to President Hollande in our meeting today. The values of France are far stronger than those who pose a threat to the country and I could see that in the resolve and determination of the President," Suri said in a statement. "Nokia will not just be a larger part of the technology ecosystem in the country in the future, but a larger presence in France overall." Release